HIDDEN INDIANA June 2-3, 2021


JUNE 2 – 3, 2021

$279.00 per person double                               $269.00 per person triple

            $259.00 per person quad                                   $329.00 per person single

Depart Lafayette at 7:30 AM, Lebanon at 8:00 and Indianapolis at 8:30AM.

Includes motorcoach transportation, 1 night lodging, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, admissions per itinerary and Imperial Escort.

Welcome to Indiana’s forgotten or unknown past and the beautiful hidden treasures of the here and now!

Tour Historic Vincennes, IN and Knox County with a local guide.  Vincennes was first settled by the French in 1732 and is our state’s oldest city.Knox County is named after General Henry Knox, the first US Secretary of War under George Washington. The county was the site of Indiana’s only Revolutionary War battle in 1779 which became George Rogers Clark National Memorial commemorated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936. The British flag would not be raised above Fort Sackville on the morning of February 25, 1779. British Lieutenant-Governor Henry Hamilton and his garrison marched out of the fort at 10 a.m. and surrendered to American Colonel George Rogers Clark.  Indiana Military Museum take a journey through time and space, from the American Revolution to the beaches of Normandy, the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Afghanistan. Explore the life and times of brave military men and women: the uniforms they wore, weapons they used, and vehicles they drove. Experience the stories you know in a new way, and discover ones you’ve never heard about national legends and local heroes.

Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Nestled along the back roads between Gibson and Pike Counties are the hidden gardens called Azalea Path.  Beverly Knight, along with her husband Steve, became inspired by the gardens that she encountered as a UPS driver. She eventually began collecting starts and plants from customers on her routes. She became acquainted with the noted hybridizer, Dr. Henry Schroeder, and thus began what is now one of the largest collections of azaleas in the Midwest. Explore the mulched paths of the gardens on your own or simply enjoy a cold beverage in the park like setting.

Lyles Station, IN whose most notable son is Alonzo Fields, the White House butler to four US presidents from Hoover to Eisenhower and the subject of James Still’s one man play “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder”. Our docent lead visit brings to life the Lyles Station story which began around the 1840s.  Two free African Americans from Tennessee, Joshua Lyles and his brother Sanford Lyles, purchased land near the Wabash, White, and Patoka Rivers in southwestern Indiana with help from local Quakers. Lyles aided fugitive slaves coming north from Tennessee during the antebellum period.  He offered them a safe haven to either settle in or to rest until they continued to other locations on the Underground Railroad. The Lyles Consolidated School building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a rare surviving manifestation of Indiana’s rural African American heritage.

We will overnight in Evansville and coach will be available to take you to area restaurants for dinner on your own.

Lincoln Pioneer Village– One of southern Indiana’s true gems of living history. Travel back through time and walk through cabins showing life as it was during Abe Lincoln’s early years. Costumed interpreters and guides bring to life cabins depicting life 200 years ago as Lincoln would have lived it. Displays of military artifacts, clothing, utensils, spinning wheels and a rare rocker beater loom still in use today.

Millstone Dining Room at Spring Mill State Park– One of Indiana’s most picturesque state parks, enjoy a lunch that is sure to include an item or two with stone ground corn from the Pioneer Village grist mill.

Meier Winery, located in Sullivan County, Meier Winery uses local spring water for their delicious wines.  Our included lunch will be the Amish Buffet at Dogwood Barbeque in Vincennes.